After hours – ‘Live at the 50th in Birmingham’


IATEFL CONFERENCE – participate online!

Want to know more about what’s going on at the conference?

Want to share your experiences as face to face or online participant?

On Thursday 14th April, 2016 at 18:00 BST delegates from Birmingham and online participants from all over the world are meeting in a special webcast live from the venue to discuss and exchange views of different talks, workshops, plenaries and interviews. Some special guests will also be joining us to interact with the online audience.


To join us click here

Select the “Enter as Guest” option, write your name and country, then click “Enter room”

You can check your local time here

We are looking forward to seeing you online!


Photo Carol Read

First Day of Interviews at IATEFL Online 2016 and David Crystal’s plenary tomorrow

In Birmingham IATEFL SIGS held their PCEs today and IATEFL Online started broadcasting

You can watch a summary of the today’s interviews.

Tomorrow the openning plenary by David Crystal can be watched online
You can check your local time here 

Who would of thought it? The English language 1966-2066

Complaints about a supposed decline in standards of English continue to be made, with increasing frequency, in the British press. Although these are nothing new – as the long history of use of would of for would have illustrates – they do draw attention to the way we seem to be going through a period of unusually rapid language change. This paper illustrates the main changes in pronunciation, orthography, grammar, and vocabulary, discusses the chief factors involved – social mobility, globalization, and the Internet – and compares the changes that have taken place in the past fty years with those that are likely to take place in the next fty.

– See more at:

You can watch an exceprt from the signature event “A Question of Language” at IATEFL 2015

David Crystal

New Proposed IATEFL SIG – Inclusive Practices and SEN (Special Educational Needs)



Education should be inclusive at all levels and it should ensure equal access to the same general education offered to all.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities – 2006

I have been an English teacher for more than 25 years and I have been promoting and working for an inclusive education system for 16 years.

Now, a new IATEFL Special Interest Group has been proposed, Inclusive Practices and SEN. In order for the proposed SIG to be established, 50 current members of IATEFL must express their intention to make this their first SIG (included in their membership) or add this SIG to their membership at additional cost.

Anne Margaret Smith (@amsELTwell) , one of the proposers, will be at the IATEFL conference in Birmingham next week.  If you are willing to join the SIG and will attend the IATEFL conference, you can meet Anne Margaret Smith before or after one of the Forums at the conference:

  • Forum on special educational needs – creating positive inclusive learning opportunities in the ICC Hall 7, 17.20 to 18.25 on Wednesday, 13 April
  • Forum on learners with SpLDs in the Hyatt-Andante, 17.25 to 18.30 on Thursday, 14 April

Aims of the proposed SIG focusing on Inclusive Practices and SEN

  1.  To raise awareness of the challenges facing learners with physical disabilities, sensory impairments or cognitive differences in the language classroom, in order to promote a more inclusive learning environment.
  2.  To share best practice and experience in terms of accurately identifying language learners’ additional needs.
  3. To disseminate information about inclusive teaching methods, materials and resources for working with learners who have additional needs in the classroom.

Proposed Activities
The SIG would carry out the normal SIG activities such as F2F and online events and a minimum of three mailings a year.

The proposed SIG would have an on-line discussion forum where teachers could ask questions and share experiences and resources. It would also publish a quarterly online newsletter for members, letting them know of forthcoming events and new resources that may be of interest to them.

The SIG committee would organise an annual ‘research round-up’ to disseminate the findings of small scale research projects (such as MA dissertations, PhD research and teachers’ action research) in this field.

It is also anticipated that the proposed SIG would work closely with the other SIGs to organise conferences on specific themes (e.g. literacy activities for dyslexic learners / developing accessible materials / inclusive practices in the business context / disability and assessment issues). In this way we would hope to promote inclusive practices in all ELT contexts.


I would like to invite you to join this new IATEFL SIG – you can do so by sending an email to


Source: Inclusive Education – What we should be doing

IATEFL 5OTH Annual International Conference and Exhibition

My first post as an IATEFL Registered Blogger

We can all feel it coming, another IATEFL Annual Conference. And this year it is the 50th Annual Conference!!

Travel arrangements, accommodation, meetings with colleagues and friends.

Choosing what talks to attend, preparing our talk

Feeling the rush of energy!!


Fortunately, I was able to attend the IATEFL Annual Conference in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

Let me tell you, one of the most enriching and unforgettable experience as an English teacher, as educator.


This is year, I will not be able to participate face to face.

I am planning to follow it online!!


So, this is an invitation for those of you who cannot attend the conference to follow suit.



And this is an invitation for those of you who are attending to share as much as you can with us who are planning to follow online


See you All at the 50th IATEFL Annual International Conference and Exhibition!!!



New Brunswick Wins Prestigious Award for Innovative Inclusive Education Policy

Source: New Brunswick Wins Prestigious Award for Innovative Inclusive Education Policy

Inclusive Education Month 2016

Follow Inclusive Education Canada on Facebook and Twitter for One-a-Day Commentaries every weekday in February to hear stories of inclusion from teachers, students, and advocates!

Source: Inclusive Education Month 2016

HORITZÓ 2020 – rompiendo viejos modelos, buscando nuevos

El proyecto “Horizonte 2020” derribó los salones de clases tradicionales para transformarlos en grandes espacios de trabajo en equipo.

Este método se comenzó a generar en 2009 a partir de una lluvia de ideas y opiniones de 56 mil alumnos, padres y docentes que respondieron a la pregunta de cómo deberían ser las escuelas en 2020.


Objetivos de la educacionInnovacion disruptiva


Con este modelo pedagógico, estos institutos le dijeron adiós a los exámenes, pupitres, materias y las clases tradicionales.  En primer lugar, se tiraron abajo las paredes de los salones para crear grandes espacios con sillones, gradas y mesas para trabajar en equipo. En lugar de contar con un profesor para 30 estudiantes, se hicieron clases de 60 alumnos con tres profesoresque los acompañan durante toda la jornada.

Además, en lugar de tener materias diferenciadas, estos niños realizan proyectos en los que se aprenden las distintas disciplinas de forma integral, trabajando un tema con todas sus dimensiones. Por ejemplo, si los niños realizan un proyecto sobre el Imperio Romano, lo abordan desde la historia, la religión, el arte y la geografía. Estos proyectos se realizan en catalán, castellano e inglés.

Al comienzo del día, también se genera un espacio de 20 minutos para reflexionar y plantear los objetivos del día, y al final los alumnos se toman el mismo tiempo para revisar lo aprendido y determinar si se han alcanzado estas metas.

Los objetivos de esta novedad pedagógica son “fomentar las inteligencias múltiples” y ayudar al alumno a descubrir sus propios talentos, de manera que cada individuo trabaje según sus capacidades y pueda sacar provecho de todo su potencial.

Pilares copy17 ideas

El proyecto vital

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